Nicola Tesla at 158

Happy Birthday, Mr. Tesla. You were and are a boon to science and humanity, your inventions still drive society a century and a half later. And, amazing, you’ve really left a stamp on popular culture (and not just being wondrefully portrayed by David Bowie, above): Note this.

Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy

[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;"] N [/dropcap]ormally I’d place this in the Monday Suck post tomorrow but it’s Sunday and we need content and this is too well done to not have it in it’s own post. Take the music and the cadence of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer and pop in Star Wars scenes and dialogue. Yeah this sort of thing has been done before, but this is pretty fun.

 
[quote]“This simultaneously renewed my love of Star Wars and doubled my desire to see Guardians of the Galaxy.”

       -git-shell (Reddit)[/quote]


Talking The ‘Burbs on Time Bandits Podcast

If there is one thing that keeps coming up on the Cinecast (and elsewhere on Rowthree), it is Joe Dante’s 1989 comedy, The ‘Burbs. So when the Time Bandits podcast circled around to talking about the film (and unfortunately, Skid Row’s debut album), I managed to finagle my way into Casey Lyons’s studio to join Greg LeGros and Dan Gorman in a session of ‘Burbs appreciation society. Have a listen over at their mother-site: Modern Superior.

The ‘Burbs @ 25

I hope you have a plate of crushed brownies, some salt crackers and a can of sardines to celebrate Joe Dante’s wonderfully re-watchable The ‘Burbs turning 25 years old today. All I ask is somebody please give us a BluRay, the fact that one doesn’t exist anywhere, we might have called it in Southeast Asia, ‘Bad Karma.’

If you look through the Rowthree achives, you’ll find so many references to this movie. It was a great homework assignment on the Cinecast (Where Joe Dante does an intro/bumper for us) as well as this Finite Focus entry and various little easter eggs here and there.

Below is the director waxing philosophically about the film last year when it had a repertory screening at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto.

The End of the Ice Fishing Story

If you’ve seen American Hustle, you either love it or hate it or are still scratching your head. No matter you’re feelings on the film, you can’t tell me you didn’t come away a little upset at not hearing the end to Louis CK’s ice fishing story about him and his brother and their angry father.

Well, wonder no more.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 2)

Against better judgement, but totally worth it, I stayed up very late last night after discovering this little gem from Jerry Seinfeld. Am I just late to the party? Is there a reason I’ve not heard of this internet show before? Because it’s pretty damn great. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” pits Seinfeld and some other famous funny face together to just shoot the bull (most often to hilarious results) while driving to some small cafe or diner for coffee.

It’s a great concept. Fans of Britain’s “The Trip” may find some similarities here; though this has rotating characters and a much less scripted feel. Season one (I’m almost finished) was a ball. Michael Richards talking about losing to a bum in chess. Ricky Gervais fearing for his life. Alec Baldwin telling Jerry where and why his career is where it’s at. Carl Reiner perpetuating alcoholism. It’s all here and it’s all gold. And it’s all Free!

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Each episode is between ten and seventeen minutes so it’s easy to whip through a season in one evening. Which I already did. So that’s why I’m excited about season 2, which starts tomorrow! Looks like it has even bigger names and bigger laughs – watching Chris Rock and Seinfeld getting pulled over should be a treat. The trailer for season 2 is below. Why is no one talking about this?

Neat Android Homescreen

Probably should be saving this for our weekly “Mondays Suck” post, but what the hay. One of the things I love about using an Android mobile device is the limitless amount of customization. I spend far too many hours changing my screen and designing new looks and removing this and tweaking that. At any rate, I visit a couple of sites at which people share their creations as well and stumbled across this one. I think it’s pretty neat if you’re a theater lover.

Redbox March Madness!
[win free rentals]

Super simple: just vote on your favorite movies in “bracket” style and see how your “picks” do. If you complete your “bracket” you get a code for a free rental. The votes are held daily, but you can vote on what you miss if you don’t check it daily.

You can take care of all these shenanigans over at the Redbox Facebook page. Enjoy your free movie rentals (you should rent The Sessions and tell me how it is)!